Shopping is a thrill - but acquiring creature comforts becomes slightly less fun when you realize how fast it all adds up. Thankfully, metro Phoenix is home to several good outlet malls and discount centers. Whether you're looking for high-end fashion or home decor, we've rounded up some choice shopping suggestions for the bargain hound inside you.
For upscale shopping that is still within reach, pay a visit to one of Phoenix's modern outlet malls. There is the Tanger Outlets mall, one of the city's newest outlet shopping destinations, which is located conveniently off the 101 Freeway in the West Valley. Here you'll find names like Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors. Pretty much all the merchandise is in-season, making it a convenient spot to update your wardrobe.
Another solid option is in Chandler, just off Interstate 10, at the Phoenix Premium Outlets. Not only will you find boutiques dedicated to names like Coach, Armani, Michael Kors, DKNY, and Elie Tahari, but the outlet mall itself is also quite pretty. The open-air mall is ideal for strolling and sightseeing.
Arizona Mills in Tempe also offers some choice outlet shopping destinations. The mall is home to a Gap Outlet, Last Call Neiman Marcus, Oshkosh B' Gosh Outlet, Burlington Coat Factory, and Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, among others.
Last Chance Bargain Shoes & Apparel
If you have a weakness for beautiful shoes, but lack the budget to stock your shoe racks with the latest styles, consider Last Chance Bargain Shoes & Apparel in Phoenix your shoe savior. Gorgeous styles, famous brand names and cutting edge trends--all deeply discounted--make this a must-shop destination for fashionistas on a budget. Many items are discounted by as much as 80-90%. The inventory can vary throughout the week, with hit or miss shopping expeditions. Most diehard bargain shoppers choose to queue up on Saturday mornings for first look at the latest offerings. Casual window shoppers be forewarned: the atmosphere can be hectic, crowded and filled with eager shoppers scanning the racks for that perfect fit. However, if you're ready and willing to dive into the bargain bins, you'll be reward with quality shoes at rock bottom prices. ((602) 248-2843)
Thrifty Lots Outlet
If you're a bargain hound, Thrifty Lots in the West Valley is your kind of place. The massive outlet store near 43rd Avenue and Camelback Road is a liquidation store with a constantly rotating selection of inventory. The store says that many of its merchandise has been discounted up to 80 percent off the original retail price. The inventory offers something for all kinds of shoppers, including: children's and adult apparel, shoes, home decor, camping gear, barbecue grills, pet accessories, and home cleaning supplies. The store is open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ((602) 438-4408)
Copenhagen Imports Warehouses & Clearance Center
If you adore the high-end, Danish modern style of Copenhagen Imports, but don't have the wallet to invest in one of the store's signature pieces, consider a visit to the Copenhagen Imports Warehouses & Clearance Center in Phoenix. The center is a showroom, warehouse and clearance center all rolled up in one. You can browse through a selection of deeply discounted furnishings, and even get help with assemble, if needed. You'll find both home and office furniture that includes discontinued merchandise, scratch-and-dent merchandise and canceled special orders. Everything at the center is sold as-is and is available for immediate sale and pick up. ((623) 845-6165)
The Liquidators Discount Center
Looking for a one-stop shopping destination for bargains in Phoenix? Then you'll probably want to check out The Liquidators Discount Center in the West Valley. This massive showroom is stocked full of deeply discounted merchandise. The outlet store features men's and women's apparel, shoes, electronics, light fixtures, flooring, home decor, exercise equipment, artwork, bedding and pillows, and pretty much anything else that will fit in the store. The inventory is constantly changing, so expect to find an eclectic and unique assortment of merchandise on any given day. Often, The Liquidators Discount Center will even carry food and snack items. ((602) 278-0489)
Arizona Mills Mall
This light-filled shopping center is vibrant with color and well-designed store windows that constantly catch your eye. It's a terrific place for bargain-shoppers who want to get out of the heat and while away a few hours browsing. The stores offer something for everyone and include Gap Outlet, Last Call Neiman Marcus, Oshkosh B' Gosh Outlet, Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy, and Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet. There is also a Sears Outlet store located at the mall. In between window shopping, you can take a break from the store and hit the expansive food court, which features several casual eateries and an IMAX movie theater. (480-491-7300, 888-296-4557)
Outlets at Anthem
Just 25 miles north of downtown Phoenix lies this wallet-friendly outlet mall, drawing people from all around for great merchandise at bargain prices. The open-air complex offers a playground, a food court, an ATM, and a rental center for strollers and wheelchairs. This popular outlet mall is home to more than 60 name brand shops. Representative stores include Izod, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Jewelry, accessories, rugs, and perfume are also for sale at select venues. On-site amenities include Guest Services, food services, ATM, clean restrooms, complimentary wheelchairs and strollers, curbside unloading, covered parking areas, a mother's lounge, and free wi-fi. (623-465-9500, 888-482-5834)
Dillard's Clearance Center
Where can you find designer label dresses, men's slacks and shirts, shoes, and fashion accessories at up to 60 percent off the retail price? You can find those kinds of deals at the Dillard's Clearance Center. The venerable department store occupies a large space at the MetroCenter mall in north-central Phoenix. It used to be a full-service Dillard's department store. But while you won't find the glitz of the old-fashioned department store at this location, you will find many bargains and treasures packed into the racks. The inventory selection is usually huge. The only catch: most merchandise is sold as-is, and the store holds strict to a no-returns policy. ((602) 861-2241)
Located near the posh Biltmore area of Phoenix, Nordstrom Rack is situated in the Town and Country shopping center off of 20th street and Camelback. The upscale retail department store's discount inventory is replete with the latest fashions and high end labels. Come here for discounts on women's and men's apparel, shoes and fashion accessories. Everything is in new condition, and while you won't discount bins and disorganized heaps of clothing here, you will find good deals, especially in the store's clearance section. If you're looking to update your wardrobe, or you just want to browse, Nordstrom Rack is a good destination for the serious discount shopper. ((602) 345-6880)
Phoenix Premium Outlets
Phoenix Premium Outlets is the newest shopping destination in the Phoenix metro area. This upscale outlet center is home to over 90 stores including Coach, Armani, Michael Kors, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Adidas, Banana Republic, Tommy Bahama, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Charlotte Russe, Columbia Sportswear, Converse, Dress Barn, Elie Tahari, Gap, Rawlings Sporting Goods, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more. The outdoor outlet center is mere minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the nearby suburb of Chandler, adjacent to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Groups receive added incentives, so plan ahead and bring your favorite shopping buddies. (480 327-6645)
The Tanger Outlet Center in west Phoenix offers shoppers a vast selection of brand name factory outlet stores, including Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Calvin Klein, GUESS Factory Store, H&M, Levi's Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, J Crew and many more. Tanger Outlet malls are known for their first quality, in-season name-brand stores, so if you're looking for the latest in fashion, home decor, jewelry and gifts, you are likely to find it at this mega-outlet shopping destination. The Tanger Outlets are located next to the Westgate Entertainment District at the 101 and Glendale. ((623) 877-9500)
About Patricia Escarcega
Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.
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